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“I was amazed at how ignorant and sometimes plain stupid were the people who claimed to run the country”—Christopher Hitchens on meeting politicians when he was a student

The way we were: meetings with the great and good

By Ian Irvine   June 2020

Photo: Fri Tanke (Wikimedia Commons)

1665: Samuel Pepys spends the day with Charles II and his son, the Duke of Monmouth

“The King having dined, he come down, and I went in the barge with him, I sitting at the door. Down to Woolwich and back again with him in the barge, hearing him and the Duke talk, and seeing and observing their manner of discourse. And God forgive me! though I admire them with all the duty possible, yet the more a man considers and observes them, the less…

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